The Legionella Prevention Training Course will be offered December 5-6, 2002, in the Washington, DC, area by HC Information Resources Inc. and the Virginia Department of Mental Health. The course will be held at VDMH's Northern Virginia Training Center in Fairfax, VA, approximately 10 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport.

Matt Freije, author of Legionellae Control in Health Care Facilities: A Guide for Minimizing Risk, will be the instructor. Freije will give an overview of risk reduction strategies and then provide detailed recommendations for plumbing systems, cooling towers and other aerosolizing devices. Environmental sampling methodology will be outlined, including interpretation of results. Risk assessment checklists, domestic water disinfection methods, and outbreak investigation procedures will also be covered. Graduates of past seminars have especially liked the case studies that allow students to apply the principles to real situations.

Previous courses have been attended by hospital facility managers, water treatment professionals, plumbing engineers, infection control coordinators, industrial hygienists, hvac technicians, public health officials, industrial facilities personnel, safety officers, and various others.

The tuition is $495, or $425 for three or more, which includes a copy of Legionellae Control in Health Care Facilities: A Guide for Minimizing Risk, a course manual, certificate, and 1.2 CEUs.

Only 30 seats are available so early registration is encouraged. To register or get more information, visit, telephone 1-800-801-8050, or e-mail